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Title: Evolving disciplinary knowledge and curriculum literacies: Translating new knowledge into the 'languages' of the biology classroom
Contributor(s): Chan, Eveline  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2011
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Abstract: This paper draws on research that takes the teaching and learning of new life science topics as a case of special interest - the proliferation of new information and technologies in the field of genetics represents an evolving body of knowledge with social and environmental significance. In this session, I explore how SFL-MDA concepts and tools can contribute to an understanding of the pedagogical translations of such knowledge through the literate practices of the senior Biology classroom in: re-presenting science, doing science, talking science, and writing science. The data samples presented are taken from a research project investigating teachers' use of digital and multimodal representations of new life science concepts in senior Biology classrooms. Video recordings of lessons across a unit of work, teacher interviews, student work samples, and student pre-test and post-test data were gathered from participating government and independent schools across the Sydney region. The analyses demonstrate how disciplinary knowledge is mediated by subject-specific literate practices as teachers and students connect conceptual understanding with practical application via multiple semiotic modes.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: ASFLA 2011: Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association Annual National Conference, Armidale, Australia, 21st - 23rd September, 2011
Source of Publication: Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association National Conference Abstracts, p. 2-2
Publisher: University of New England
Place of Publication: Armidale, Australia
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
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